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Columbia Seminary offering winter courses in Christian spirituality



Decatur, GA. Through the Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary is offering two winter courses in Christian spirituality. “The Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life” will be offered January 28 – 31, 2010. Kathleen M. O’Connor leads “Bearing Fruit in Its Season: The Book of Psalms and a Spirituality of Aging”, February 21-26. While both are offered as courses in the seminary’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation, they are open to anyone.

 Led by members of the seminary faculty, the Immersion Experience is an introduction to the Christian spiritual tradition with exploration of the formative elements of biblical, monastic, and Reformed spirituality. Participants will have opportunities for personal reflection through guided meditative journaling, exploring their own unique journey with the living God. Community and practical application of acquired knowledge are also part of this experience. Cost is $315. Housing and meals are extra.   

Kathleen O’Connor is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia. She is also president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. In the description of her course, she writes, “Arising from a maze of life circumstances, the book of Psalms reflects the losses, challenges, joys, and wisdom of the aging process. The book can be a resource in coming to terms with our lives, our grief, unmet hopes, joys, satisfactions, and our wisdom. Praying the Psalms, we hope to enter more deeply into our humanity and to join with others in life's ambiguities, failures, and profound beauty . . .” Dr. O’Connor’s plans for the course include private meditation, journal-keeping, and various types of communal reflection and psalm writing. Cost is $370 ($270 for graduates of the certificate program). Housing and meals are extra. 

Immersion Experience registration
Spirituality of Aging registration
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